Today in things that will never happen, Republican Representative Darrell Issa has proposed a new bill called the Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA) that would put a stop to any internet-related lawmaking for the next two years.
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There's a problem at the top of the governmental food chain: a lack of understanding about the internet. It's happening in government's all over the world. In Australia, the US and even in Europe, governments are lining up behind bills like SOPA and PIPA and rolling over on internet freedom, but with what little freedom we have left, we can fight to save the open internet. This is part two of Gizmodo Australia's interview with Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit turned internet activist.
TorrentFreak has posted a supposedly leaked presentation by the RIAA's chief lawyer that says that it defended SOPA and PIPA even though it knew the censorship legislation wouldn't be effective against music piracy. Is the RIAA for real, or are they just covering their arses? And what does it mean for your freedom going forward?
Copyright maths might not be something you've lent much thought to before, but in this talk Rob Reid — founder of Rhapsody — tries to explain the silly numbers that are used to justify SOPA and PIPA. He's very funny, and his talk is very interesting. Turns out your iPod might be worth more than you thought.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement certainly sounds, just on the name of the thing alone, like not such a bad idea. But for the basic principles of personal privacy it is, and it's the latest in the recent rash of acronymic acts that the Internet's up in arms about. Here's what we in Australia need to know.
Another bill which would have violated the civil liberties of many — Hawaii's H.B. 2288 Internet Dossier bill — has been pulled off the table following public outrage. And for good reason; the law would have tracked every website Hawaiians visited and linked that browsing history to a name and address. It opened the door to profound first and fourth US amendment violations. But worst of all, it was born out of ignorance.
See? Congress does listen to the will of the people on occasion — especially when that will is wielded as a blunt instrument. As this infographic from ProPublica illustrates, yesterday's blackout protests not only culled the official SOPA supporters by 15 congressmen, it actually added 70 opponents.
This is a great short documentary on what's SOPA and PIPA in a very clear, simple way. It also explains why they will screw us all if we let US Congress approve this law. You should watch it.
There are many ways to stand up to SOPA. Websites like Wikipedia and BoingBoing are dark, there's a rally in New York, and people everywhere are signing petitions and contacting their senators. My favourite method, though? A protest song to the tune of Don McLean's 'American Pie'.
Today, taking a break from hurling racist slurs and GIFs at one another, the internet is taking a symbolic stand against SOPA and PIPA — two awful laws that would ruin the web. Behold the blackout rebellion.